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What does Colette mean?

Colette Pronunciation of Colette [co-lette] as a girls' name is pronounced ko-LET. It is of French and Greek origin, and the meaning of Colette is "people of victory". Diminutive of the medieval name Colle, a short form of Nicholas, and also a short form of Nicolette. Saint Collette was a 15th century French nun who gave her money to the poor. Made popular from the 1920s due to the fame of the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954).

Associated with: greek, victory, medieval, saint.


Colette has 12 variants: Cloette, Coco, Coe, Coetta, Coleta, Coletta, Collet, Colleta, Collete, Collett, Collette and Kolette.

Related girl names: Colleen and Nicole.

Creative forms:
(female) Calte, Colot, ..

(male) Coletri, Colett, ..

Middle name pairings:
Colette Ivy (C.I.), ..

How popular is Colette?

Colette is a very prominent first name for women (#850 out of 4276, Top 20%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#98770 out of 150436, Top 66%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Colette entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #445 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is presently at #531. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Colette name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Colette outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Colette (#531 in 2015) are Nicole (#152 in 2015), Nicolette (#1677), Colleen (#1825), Collette, Coletta and Nicholas. These relations of Colette reached the apex of their popularity 4 decades ago (median #909) and are now much less conventional (#1455, 90.4% less usage). Nicole is more familiar than the rest, although Colette seems to be getting popular too, while forms like Nicole have lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Colette, Coletta, Colleen, Collette, Nicholas in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicole, Nicolette in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nicole outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alette, Allette, Arlette, Bobette, Cadette, Carlette, Cecette, Celeste, Cleta, Clytie, Colene, Colinette, Conetta, Coretta, Cosetta, Cosette, Cozette, Dorette, Ellette, Erlette, Gilette, Halette, Joette, Joletta, Jolette, Joliette, Jonette, Josette, Jozette, Julette, Korette, Loletta, Lolotte, Lonette, Lorette, Mosette, Olette, Robette, Ronette, Rosette, Tonette, Violette, Vyolette and Yolette. These names tend to be less commonly used than Colette.

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